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Blase Cupich, cardinal archbishop of Chicago, gave an address yesterday wherein he tried to explain the “revolution of mercy” of Pope Francis in light of Amoris Laetitia. One might think a cardinal of the Church, when addressing such a subject, would speak on the immutable truths of marriage or speak on the yearning for truth […]

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So this happened in my town, at a different parish: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/crime/article198567664.html Is there something with the generation of priests who entered the seminary before the sexual revolution and came out afterwards? More than is usual in the human condition, do they they justify bad sexual behavior by thinking the world owes them something for having […]

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The sexual abuse of minors by priests is the greatest scandal in the Church since the Protestant Revolution. Thanks be to God the Church at least had the sense to investigate itself in order to define and quantify the scandal and set measures in place to combat this satanic scourge. It is clear that the […]

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In a recent interview with Vatican Radio, Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Cardinal Parolin said Amoris Laetitia represents a “new paradigm” that calls us to a “new spirit, a new approach” to help “incarnate the Gospel in the family.” (Amoris Laetitia is the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation written by Pope Francis that has caused great confusion in […]

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“Wherever St. Paul Went, There Was a Riot. Wherever I Go, They Serve Tea.”

 

The title of this post comes from an article written by Fr. George Rutler (whom @peterrobinson has called Ricochet’s pastor) in Crisis Magazine: Where Are the Churchmen With Chests?

I went back to that article this morning after reading another “strongly worded statement” from a US bishop, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities on the abomination that was the failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would have made it illegal to kill a baby in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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If all y’all read anything I write, you’re probably groaning and wondering why am I writing about Amoris Laetitia again – hasn’t he beaten that dead horse enough already? Well, suffer with me for a few minutes. More

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Vatican Honors Pro-Abortion Activist?

 

Did the pope honor a vehemently pro-abortion activist, Netherlands minister Lilianne Ploumen, with the title of Commander in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great? Reports on various blogs, including a short video clip, flabbergastingly suggest just that. If any Ricochetti speak Dutch, can you verify whether these blogs’ translations of this video are accurate? The medal itself looks strikingly similar to the genuine article if it is not real.

In this era of legitimately fraudulent “news” (as distinguished from frequent media misrepresentations, a la President Trump’s “fake news”), it is hard to immediately believe this report. Then again, Francis’s pontificate has been anything but believable.

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For my ongoing series on Amoris Laetitia, I offer this courtesy of Fr. John Zuhlsdorf. Clarity from a pope – what a blessing. The good Fr. summarizes: More

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Gretchen Filz has a fascinating article documenting the connection of the United States of America to Mary Immaculate and the history of the choice of the United States Bishops, in the year 1846, to proclaim the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception, as the patroness of the United States of America. […]

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The title above is the name of a book that appeared Monday in English (after earlier publication in Italian) by a writer who has assumed a grand Renaissance pseudonym: Marcantonio Colonna (an admiral at Lepanto). So begins the review of this book by Robert Royal, editor of The Catholic Thing. Mr. Royal is a well respected […]

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THE GOOD NEWS The US Catholic Bishops met yesterday and today in their annual fall assembly. Perhaps the most important outcome of this meeting was the election of the head of the Pro-Life Committee. Giving the keynote address, Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the Conference said: More

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Pope Francis has stirred things up yet again by banning the sale of cigarettes in Vatican City. The Holy Father said this was done because the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people. And although potentially very unpopular, this is seen as part of the hermeneutic of continuity, in […]

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The title of this post comes from a sentence in the opening paragraph of an article at First Things, by Josef Seifert, the former Dietrich von Hildebrand Chair of Realist Phenomenology at the International Academy of Philosophy. Seifert was recently fired from his post for speaking the truths of the Catholic faith. Our friend, @pseudodionysius, chronicles his story […]

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A theological EMP has been released in the Catholic Church: Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis. It was over a year ago that four cardinals of the Church issued 5 dubia, or questions, to the Holy Father. Since then, 2 of the cardinals have gone to their eternal reward and the dubia remain unanswered. More

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@brianwatt, in his excellent post Profound Idiocy vs Sound Logic on Abortion has inspired me to post my own “which is which” post. Two stories came to me today – which one do you see as a better representation of today’s Church? More

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“Schism is brewing in the Church, not harmony and peace. How could it not grow when the Vatican shows such partiality toward the archenemies of Catholics – no less than well known communists, FARC and Raúl Castro included?” So writes Domingo Caro, a contributor to OnePeter5, who they say is well versed in politics and the […]

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Emma Bonino, an Italian leftist who boasts of having performed over 10,000 illegal abortions, was a featured speaker at a Catholic parish in Italy on July 26. She was invited to speak on immigration. (Nota bene: Her advocacy for immigrants and refugees prompted Pope Francis to praise her as one of the “greats” on the Italian […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review on Ricochet on the following Sunday. More

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The secular world loves Pope Francis and has a tendency to gush over what he says and does (at least when it deals with “social and economic justice” issues such as climate change, immigration, wealth redistribution, etc., etc.). This happened as early as the release of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG). The Wikipedia article proclaims that […]

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Fr. Z reminded me that it was a year ago that Fr. Paul Scalia preached the homily at the funeral mass of his father, Antonin Scalia. Fr. Paul’s homily is perhaps the best apologia for the Church that I have ever heard. More

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